The Brookfield Lady Dogs softball team did not have their season end in a way that they wanted last season. Sure, the team made it to the State Championship game. But a loss after going so far stings worse than many others.
This season, the Lady Dogs return eight players to the starting lineup, and 10 lettermen to a program that expects success. The Brookfield softball program has been to the Final Four twice in the last three years, and are also the defending Clarence Cannon Conference Co-Champions.
Brookfield is coached by Julee Reese, who has been involved with softball at BHS off and on since 1996. She will be joined by returning Assistant Coach Greg Ewing and first-year Assistant Coach Andrew Berhorst.
Last season, Brookfield had a team batting average of .298, a team ERA of 2.04, averaged six runs scored and three runs allowed. The team will need numbers like this, as they play in the toughest softball conference in the State.
The CCC boasts three Final Four teams, and one defending State Champion (Brookfield, Centralia and Palmyra). The Lady Dogs boast two returning All-State performers, who will lead the team again as seniors.
Sammi Overton earned All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State honors last season. She had a 17-5 record with a 2.32 ERA last season. At the plate, Overton hit .344 and hit four homeruns. Alesa Frey is the other All-State player, earning all of the accolades mentioned above, and adding Academic All-State as well. Frey struck out only three times in 117 trips to the plate, batted .428 and had 23 RBI’s as a lead-off batter.
Also returning for the Brookield team is All-Conference and All-District third baseman Alexis Lindsay. Lindsay was the team leader in RBI’s last season with 26.
Other returning players include senior Lauren Roberts, a key roleplayer last season; senior outfielder Paige Clawson, who will look to continue her starting performance.
Junior pitcher Taylor Ewing, who had a masterful performance against Palmyra in the regular season; junior first baseman Jaclyn Weydert, who provided an offensive spark last season; catcher Megan Kearns, whose cool head behind the plate has been key; and junior speedster Bailey Parks, who confounds opposing defenses with her slapping technique to leg out hits.
Newcomers for the Lady Dogs include: senior Sydney Thompson. Thompson will be making more of an impact than in the past, where she was primarily a baserunner. Sophomores Morgan Ewing (pitcher) and Gabrielle Corf (Utility).
Ewing is a left-handed pitcher, who hurled for the JV all last season, and has a wide range of pitches. Corf was a standout JV catcher last season, and had good numbers. Both of these players are expected to make some noise at t he varsity level.
Page 2 of 2 - “This is a very talented and dedicated group of athletes,” said Coach Reese. “If they can dedicate themselves to this team, the sky is the limit. We will compete in the most challenging conference in the state. They have already set their goals quite high. This will be an exciting team to watch.”